Bringing Berliner Back: Jace Marti gives the traditional German beer a second life at The Starkeller

A battering ram of carbon dioxide punches me in the face and leaves me coughing for air. It’s been trapped inside its wooden tank prison for a little over two years now, the byproduct of a long, slow Berliner weisse fermentation, and it’s not wasting any time getting the hell out. “Yeah, it’s no joke,” … [ Read more]

Jace Marti and Nate Gieseke opening Black Frost Distilling Company in New Ulm

Few people know more about fermentation than Jace Marti. The 35-year-old assistant brewmaster and sixth-generation brewer officially started working at his family’s brewery, August Schell Brewing Company in New Ulm, Minnesota, when he was 18 years old, but had been doing odd jobs around the brewery long before that. In 2017, he opened Starkeller Brewing Company, the Schell’s … [ Read more]

Back to the Foeder

Minnesota breweries are using a historic technology to spur sour aging innovation When you settle in at the bar in Wild Mind Artisan Ales’ taproom, it’s easy to feel like you’re micrometers away from being sliced by craft beer’s cutting edge. Rows of stainless steel brewhouse equipment glint behind a glass vista to the bar’s … [ Read more]

First Look: Schell’s new Starkeller Brewing Company

For the past few years, August Schell Brewing Company’s Noble Star series has helped put mixed-culture beers on the map in Minnesota and beyond. The Berliner weiss-style beers are aged in restored cypress fermentation tanks Schell’s purchased in 1936 and many are aged with fruit, including the newest beer in the series, Harmony of Spheres, which was aged on … [ Read more]

The State of Sours: An update on Minnesota’s funkiest beers

Minnesota brewers are becoming fixated on mixed-fermentation [Editor’s Note: This post will continue to be updated with more news on sours made by Minnesota’s breweries] A whole new segment of Minnesota beer has turned sour. Or maybe not sour—that makes it sound like a mistake. These beers are intentionally tart and astringent, funky and wild. “Sour beer” is … [ Read more]

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Brewer Profile: Jace Marti of August Schell Brewing Co.

By Joe Alton Name: Jace Marti Hometown: New Ulm, MN Works At: August Schell Brewing Co., New Ulm, MN Turn-Ons: Sour beers Turn-Offs: Beer snobbery Growler: What’s in your fridge right now? Jace Marti: Some Chimney Sweep, a few Bocks, half a Lagunitas Sucks 6 pack, and a Cuvée des Jacobins Rouge. And some left over … [ Read more]